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this is why you should care only. a short term fix president obama signs a last minute deal to restart the government and raise the debt ceiling but the root causes of congress's most fears battle in recent history remain on addressed. as the detainee hunger strike at guantanamo bay prison continues our gains rare access to the infamous u.s. detention center. you've heard about it like several movies but you don't really see it and this is a place that people forget about they don't ever think about it we ask those who make the facility take what it's really like to work there and if they have any regrets plus. britain's prime minister slams a guardian newspaper over its reporting on whistleblower edward snowden's n.s.a. leaks and calls for an investigation.
coming to you live from moscow with josh financial catastrophe has been averted in the united states but only for the time being president obama has signed a last minute deal and to get to we government shutdown and avoiding a default but as are now explains the debt clocks merely and restarted. after the vote some bloggers joked see you back here in three months now bass referring to the fact that this is really not a long term solution to the budget crisis the us government is now funded through january fifteenth and keyboard borrowing until february seventh but really they just kick the can down the wrote something congress couldn't agree on a budget for the last two years which makes it unlikely three months will be enough
for a solution not to mention the damage that's already been done by letting it go this far this sub down didn't save money it cost money according to standard and poor's twenty four billion dollars the world of course watched washington very closely this week as senator harry reid mentioned wednesday but many might disagree overseas that this last minute agreement shows how responsible america is quite the contrary during the torches and go she asians and brinkmanship we have been seeing over the past few weeks in congress it's the american people who have borne the cost a recent poll found out that almost three quarters of americans were on happy with their politicians handling of the situation well before the long awaited bill was passed we gauge the mood on the other side of capitol hill it's really frustrating for the american people and for myself to see you know our government be so inefficient it was pretty bad. the so was my job for
a little bit. don't even want to go into the patheticness of. our government i think it's very sad we are the people this is for the people people are going to remember all this idiocy and food business during the shutdown i believe president obama had a plan that he was going to take and punish the american people but he went a little too far. now for more on this i'm now joined by london based market analyst mike and rob. thank you so much michael for joining us here i mean talk about this well the symptoms have been treated so to speak but what about the underlying causes of the disease what's your take on what's been happening in the states. well it's the same political pantomime that we've been seeing for the last two and a half years i mean you know we can trace this back to the last time that it was worried about a u.s. default july two thousand and eleven there was supposed to be super committee put together to try and find some middle ground that didn't work that up to the fiscal
cliff december two thousand and twelve now we've had the government. debt ceiling. two thousand and thirteen and as you reported. all of three months january we're going to be sitting around the camera discussing the latest drama from the u.s. because they're just not going to be out of work this thing out but what about the investor activity i mean. what can we say about their confidence in u.s. markets and how has it been to have to buy the government shutdown. i mean i mean you can see that there's been a bit of a sell today although volumes of picked up significantly i was talking to a colleague yesterday we were talking about the futures market. and he said yesterday that's evaporates picked up again today but you see directionally that this is there's no euphoria here at all there's a feeling that you know crisis has been a very but it's really. you know we're going to be revisiting this
a few months up the road and the heavens knows you know if you're a consumer in the u.s. it was already looking quite fragile but you know the university of michigan numbers are. consumers and if you're a business looking to invest in the u.s. longer term you've got to wonder where you are whether you should be putting cash on the table right now as you just said the crisis has been averted but what about the long term future as america has a huge debt burden. what can we say about you know its economic prospects. well i think that the u.s. actually of the. us itself is probably the best of the three although i would say that it's a particularly challenging you know the us to call it was doing reasonably well up to this point though of course we did have that fed decision not to taper in september so you know they were worried about the. u.s. economy even at that stage even before this. crisis so i think
we will see something of a recovery in the real u.s. economy into the new year but it's going to be very very halting and so the table anybody thinks that the u.s. is going to grow at three percent next year i think. right now what about the greenback i mean will it remain out of the reserve currency in the first future or is it likely to be challenged by other currencies. i think over the longer term it's going to be a big challenge i mean i think i was describing the choices for you know treasuries and central banks globally is like trying to identify you know the most attractive horse in the glue factory because you can point to each of the major currencies and say there are major problems obviously we're only about twelve months in the eurozone for when we think it may be the year i was going to fall completely japan has a policy effectively of deliberately weak yen and then you left with your left with the u.s. and then you also some currencies were a lot less less liquid so such
a sterling swiss franc or maybe some of the the miners so you know almost by default you know the central banks have still got a big slice of their. you know reserve holdings in dollars i would also add that most investment banks are also saying that the fundamentals for the dollar long term are actually very very positive because of the real economy and also because it's increasing the level of energy independence see. mike morgan alice for the financial services company b. g. c. vargas thank you so much for sharing your views this year. now the emotional pressure from the government shutdown seems to have taken its toll on capitol hill as lawmakers cast their votes to break the deadlock a sonando her in the house of representatives seized a microphone and started to yell was what witnesses described as a crazed look on her face meanwhile tensions have a different kind of we're here at r t you were our gas have been voicing some strong opinions. america did default it defaulted on its obligations to its own
people it. obligation made in law when it set up laws and. certain programs that needed to be funded seaquest gratian actually didn't fund those laws so there was a default the problem for the rest of the world is that we have to create other structures we have to create them we can't look for them we have to prime them. that's the problem for today and what do you make of what richard just said america did not default it hasn't defaulted and i believe that even if it did not i'm sorry i'm glad beyond that. if you have. somebody but a default and pins money which is money it's and it's a promise it's a promise that i will exchange this for goods or services of equivalent worth but the money itself is value this what america's didn't fold in so much as it's going
to pay its bills nevertheless it's undermined trust that promise that they will pay and this is damaging i mean in the short term it costs nothing because they're going to pay up like they should do but in the longer they're undermining their reputation yes the power of the u.s. is diminished its power of been diminished we won't be able think to see a repeat of what president nixon said in the ninety's sixty's but it's our dollar and your problem i think over time it will be increasingly a problem for the united states but we should keep a sense of perspective here that timeframe is more likely twenty years it's certainly not twenty minutes or twenty hours it is taking place it will continue to take place ok let's all recall what the deal actually is now now the debt ceiling has been raised beyond its seventeen trillion dollars the deal reopens the government until generate fifteenth and allows it to continue. boring until
february the seventh now will look bubble eventually exploded what will this mean for the rest of us. it was so disappointing is because everybody's focused on the wrong problem america's to its g.d.p. is now one hundred four percent or more and that's an unsustainable level and what needs to be used is to bring that this whole question about refining since that day misses the point that the problem is how do we get rid of this state in the first place and then this whole question of raising the debt ceiling will go away i don't you know the government in the states focuses on the problem and does something about it which is growing the economy is the easiest way to solve it until they do that then we're going to have repeats of this fight it's ongoing because it's become a political so in the way that it never it never was before so i have for you in the program here in our human rights groups raise the alarm over struggling migrants in qatar find out firsthand what it's like for workers and how it could
affect the country's world cup bishan zz in a couple of minutes. in the meantime painful for three full body cavity searches that's what a handful of detainees are still experiencing at america's notorious guantanamo bay military prison a mass hunger strike began in february and has since subsided to less than two dozen protesters against indefinite detention r.t.d. has now gained rare access to the prison and here's a first in a series of reports by an associate. after a few months of people worked to get cleared to visit the base the trip to get mobile hop and a skip from the big apple to fort lauderdale in florida and from there were short hour and a half flight one largely kept under wraps with no indications of it on departure boards. the minute we landed were greeted by escorts who stay with us every step of our trip the special guantanamo joint task force media team. one of them sergeant
rebecca wood far from the stereotypical face you might imagine working at a place like this controversial military base as we soon learned the first of many surprises this is a really big break for me in my career from my military resume the people i work with every day day they share the same idea like they're all very proud to be here she joined the u.s. military a decade ago with no money for college a twenty eight one ton a most her second deployment you've heard about it like several movies but you don't really it is just a place that people forget about only they don't ever think about it getting to the main part of the base is a slow pace trip we have to wait for a ferry to take us across the bay and are taken to visit a beach first one of a handful of scenic locations you wouldn't really expect here were that it's a logical area now it's about a twenty minute area ride one side of an area where the airport is. several replies and says but the main part of the people and the detention camp are over
there are given a circulation guantanamo isn't quite what we anticipated as we approach the meeting area it's interesting to note that to be unsuspecting this place looks just like another tropical island with an american flag you would never feel that this is the place housing one of the native states torrijos the lodging area were taken to is like any typical hotel with palm trees and a marine are right out the window first impressions this can't be the place that has been casting a long shot. in america's human rights image for over a decade where torture allegations hunger strikes and force feeding have been making headlines i remember when i moved here i thought i would just see like people in orange jumpsuits and fences everywhere but i mean the families all stay on one side and the rest kind of happens on another the other side as where total of seven hundred seventy nine detainees of america's war on terror have been kept since two thousand and two a total of one hundred sixty four now remaining at
a whopping eight hundred thousand taxpayer dollars for a detainee per year even though more than half of them have been cleared for release but we are in a remote location that factors into the cost it cost what it cost to do it right we're doing it right i mean to those running america's most infamous detention facility and what lays beyond the picture perfect scenery all the realities of guantanamo in our reports to follow and going to guantanamo bay cuba. while we've been close with covering the hunger strike it went on and base into began and family more obviates analysis and a full timeline of and all waiting for you just a click away on our website our team dot com. still add to the in the program the sour iran's nuclear program proposal is being hailed by the west by will this amount to more than just talk in just a couple of minutes. the
problem is that. everyone can only look on him. as u.s. decides to commit economic suicide it's like they've strapped on a suicide vest as a globe as an economy they're suicide braggers yeah i've been saying that for years your suicide bankers their their banking shoddy they stomp on the boat and they pulled the plug and it blew up the world where their ideology worked and what about all of the terrorists that are going to terrorism as it is really now is one of the few people understand trying to say. we've invested by the church the wall street well my sweat.
welcome back this is r.t. prime minister david cameron has accused the guardian newspaper of damaging britain's national security by publishing materials provided by ad words snowden a problem and or a committee is now looking into whether the paper breached the country's law are his or smith brings the details from london. he launched what can only be described as a round of this hack on the guardian newspaper really he essentially called them hypocrite hypocrites or at least guilty of double standards he says that the guardian on the one hand exposed a scandal that was phone hacking and then on the other hand then themselves went
ahead and published secrets themselves which had been stolen in turn from the national security agency he also said that the guardian publishing the leaks that came from edward snowden the damage to national security and what's more that the guardian itself admitted that they had let's hear what he said about that. what has happened has damaged national security and in many ways the gorging themselves of. greed when politely by my national security adviser a couple of security to destroy the files they had to destroy those files so they know that what they're dealing with is dangerous for national security i think it is in this house if they want to examine this issue and make further recommendations asked politely by my national security adviser that's my favorite bit of the guardian of course we asked them for a statement and they strenuously disagreed of what david cameron said they issued a statement they said that they agreed to destroy the files because they came under
immense pressure from the government they were threatened with the full force of the law with this thing that's called prior restraint which is very very rarely used here in the u.k. and according to them unthinkable in the u.s. . meanwhile adult snowden's father says he's sonnets plenty more secrets to share and that after a long awaited family reunion in moscow he's paramo advice is stay in russia to make sure the true story is told on r.t. dot com you can learn all about long snowden's journey to the russian capital. plus the u.s. military could soon get an android app to allow it to call in airstrikes and. pilot drones by touching the screen on a smartphone so i had to our website for more details on the innovation. the german filmmaker and his camera man have claimed they were arrested in qatar after filming the working conditions of mine clearance building venues for the two
thousand and twenty two world cup trade unions have been ringing the alarm over conditions in the region for years but it's the prestigious football event that's put the issue firmly in the spotlight well both in qatar and the united arab emirates about eight out of ten workers are foreigners and there is a similar picture in kuwait the region's other leading oil producer while in amman and saudi arabia migrants make up only about a third of the population foreigners in the gulf region are as a whole make up i'm almost half of its total population of just forty two million people because our city has more. do we know to organize a detour trended to fee for our vote cup is coming. but the initial celebration and christie should be overshadowed by ford workers claims of men not getting paid anything that not being allowed to leave the country
the international trade union confederation claims that about four thousand migrants could die before a football is kicked in two thousand and twenty two the worker becomes the property of the employer they are not allowed to leave the country they're not even allowed to leave the job and if the employer agrees this means that the workers have no real power no real voice to. fix up very very bad working and living conditions zire balloonists knows this all too well a french football player who arrived in qatar in two thousand and seven he says he hadn't been paid for more than two years he filed a lawsuit to claim unpaid wages and says his club then we fused to give him an exit visa unless he dropped the case. when i went to the tribunals i never imagined that i wouldn't be able to leave the country i didn't think they would block me my wife
is depressed and she can't work i thought of going on hunger strike but my lawyers told me not to they already hurt me and a hunger strike would only hurt my wife and kids enough is enough. blueness is high profile story isn't the first either it or doesn't change its ways i have the courage to say that in two thousand and twenty two we will have the world cup of shame the world cup of slavery bellew this in the meantime it continues to hope his problems will soon be resolved i'll have to stop playing football they ended my career mentally i don't see myself playing and then i'll have to see what to do with my life. r.t. . now bill peace prize. recipients have a cold on line report in to drop the charges against greenpeace activists arrested for storming and oil rig in russia's arctic later today a world apart it's not a boy goes had to have with environmental groups executive director over the organization's recent progress here's a quick preview. one of the things about n.p.c.
is that the words green and pisa equally important yes we do take very strong peaceful action but we do not cross the line into. beyond any action that can be but sometimes and i think that's precisely the case in point here i know that you've been arguing all along that the protest was entirely peaceful and yet from the footage that we got there is an intention there is an act of aggression you can see that you can argue whether it was violence or not but there is an intent to push the cause gars away well let me tell you that i have seen i'm not seeing your version that you are showing on television i have seen exactly what the coast guard put out seen a slow time diversion off it because when that allegation was made took it very seriously because if we did in fact do what you say we did that the conscious to try to ram the coast guard vessel instead of what i am saying from what i look at it it was control of the boat that's brought about by by swells. then
i would take a very negative view of it. well the olympic flame is supposed to be a symbol of unity but not everyone sees it that way a six thousand strong petition in georgia is calling for a boycott of the upcoming winter games in sochi that's because one of the people carrying the flame around russia is a pilot who was involved in the military action that led to salvage cities independence in two thousand and eight arguing investigate six years ago when such he was chosen to host the twenty fourteen games i was there in sochi. i covered the story i remember two days after the event georges were first talking about boycotting the olympic games and that was even before the two thousand and eight war which resulted in the independence of south of setia and a process but let's ask ourselves the question do georgians really mean it now of course some of them have been infuriated with the fact that one of the first
torchbearers of the olympic flame in russia. took part in the in the war back then in two thousand a the russian pilot some of them even signed a petition more than six thousand people did boycott the games but we spoke to the olympic committee of georgia which all but ruled out any chance of a boycott there are many examples in the world when politics interferes with sport and the results are never good it shouldn't happen in my opinion because these are two absolutely different spheres i do not think georgia wouldn't anyway benefit from a boycott of the olympic games not only officials and police say that but we also spoke to one of the torchbearers here in russia a very famous georgian singer who shares practically the same opinion i'm here not because of politics i'm here because of my love for this life plus artes the happiness that god has given us and everybody should take part in it these two things bring people closer but some don't want people to connect with each other the country's prime minister putin even a street it was a bit more vague about the prospect of a bit of
a boycott he was first he said that georgia would not benefit from it and it's not a really sporting issue then he refused to completely rule out the possibility of a boycott but seriously the country which puts only four athletes to compete in the games boycotting it hardly it's a statement of intent and that's the opinion i've heard from many many georgians i know. two days of talks between iran and six world powers appear to have an a on an optimistic note with more meetings planned for next month at a meeting in geneva iranian negotiators put forward a proposal to diffuse the international standoff over its nuclear program the specifics of the deal are being kept under wraps and political commentator and iran expert psoriasis of a poor allusion says the stalemate is far from over let's hope that that can translate into something substantial but at this point. again from what we hear there's nothing much else there yet that i don't see is lifting the sanctions
anytime soon unless they see iran completely give up its rights all the demands it has and basically subjugate itself. and iran's foreign minister said the results of the negotiations will hopefully begin a new phase as is all right she also thinks that it's to ron is ready to make concessions but and a significant easing of sanctions from the west will be hard won i think iran would be more than happy to cooperate under the right circumstances i don't believe that he would allow the bullet into taking actions that are frankly not acknowledged nothing has changed very much from the way i see it either through a display of optimism. and europe today here in our team the kaiser report is next .
you know when i look more and more into it i find that there were a lot of myths and exaggerations about what happened in russia during the soviet era however one really bad rumor seems to be true if you were an outspoken advocate against the soviet status quo then you could be considered insane and be locked away until the psychiatrist convinced you that khrushchev was brilliant scary stuff but sadly famous grammy award winning singer lauryn hill might be living the life of a soviet dissident right now she was convicted of failing to pay five hundred thousand dollars in taxes but strangely according to the international business times she was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling because she believes in conspiracy theories related to the music industry who wrote in her own tumblr account that the music industry is manipulated and controlled by
a media protected military industrial complex this is a strong accusation from hill but is actually irrelevant if it is true or not you see punishments are supposed to fit the crime and the crime of tax evasion should not have a punishment of mandatory counseling or is more paranoid types like me like to call it reprogramming although they are usually trivial this celebrity case actually sets a dangerous legal precedent but that's just my opinion. max kaiser this is the economy's a report you know wal-mart and wall street are remarkably similar they are the same sugardaddy all wal-mart relies on cheap goods from china and wall street relies on
cheap money from china and they've both been hit by chaos following free lunch glitches to the electronic welfare payments systems at a wal-mart in louisiana a glitch with the electronic food stamp card the e.p.t. cars showed unlimited balances available to holders of the card shopper stampede it emptied the shelves of every last good available on wall street the freds quantitative easing to infinity is the e b t card for wall street and it's showing an unlimited balance which surely must be a glitch right and the bank stores are stampeding employing during the world of productive assets in louisiana when the glitch was fixed the walmart shoppers abandoned shopping carts piled high with the talks a good and so called food that they could not of for.